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The Importance Of Chook Poo!

February 20, 2014

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The chook poo in this photo was taken at a farm gate just outside Anglesea in Victoria. As many ‘regular’ Tassie Farm fans will know, chook poo features in our children’s book ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ Here’s an extract:

Cluck! Cluck! Chook’s Poo. Makes greener grass.
Yuck! Yuck! Chook’s Poo. From a chicken’s…bottom!

Oh indeed! and chook poo is big in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. It therefore has a higher nutrient content, than cow or sheep poo, because a chook’s diet is so intensive – anything from calcium supplements (which strengthen their shells) to compost.

Chook poo’s ‘pootency’ has its pluses and minuses. Its high nitrogen levels make it great for fertilising lawns and for use in the vegie garden. But it also has greater phosphorous levels too, so using it long-term on native plants, such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs, can kill them.

So, the trick is to only use chook poo once it’s composted down or when you’ve diluted it. This will make sure it doesn’t burn your plants. Ideally ‘aged’ chook poo is the best: 6-9 months if you can find some!

Tip: If you’re buying at the farm gate ask if their chook manure has been mixed with bedding materials, such as sawdust. This will dilute nutrient levels.

Radio talks about Poo

November 4, 2013

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Radio 936ABC Hobart interviewed Kerry today about the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm’s new multl-touch interactive iBook called ‘The Importance Of Poo! Now with Plips and Plops’.
This funny and runny story is also educational and comes complete with a ‘Read To Me’ narrator feature; poo SFX; a Poo Matching Game; plus a short animation. Just click on the iBookstore widgets on this blog and take a peek.

There are three Higgledy-Piggledy Farm titles and they’re all available on iBookstore for just $1.99: ‘The Importance Of Poo!’, ‘Pigs Might Fly But They Can’t Lay Eggs’ and ‘The Dairy First Ice Cream Christmas’. ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ Now with Plips and Plops’ is $3.99.

Half the proceeds from all book sales will be donated to the Cambodian Children’s Fund, founded by Australian humanitarian, Scott Neeson.